Deborah Benavides ’83 BA is now in her 29th year at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Last fall she co-presented at the UTSA Academic Advising Conference and at the National Academic Advising Conference in Atlanta, Ga. Benavides was recently promoted to Academic Advisor III and advises students in the Life and Health Sciences. She is currently researching the neurobiological effects involving time oriented tasks in relation to the behavior of young adults.

Class Notes Summer 2017

Joe Libby and Former Gov. Schwarzenegger

Joe Libby ’85 BA spoke at the Total Success Summit, a professional development seminar held in Sydney, Australia in March. The event attracted business leaders from across the world. Libby, an international public speaker and entertainer shared his expertise on avoiding cons and scams through a presentation that included magic, misdirection and clean humor. The Summit also hosted Arnold Schwarzenegger as a featured guest





Nancy Glass West ’94 MA author of the Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series has published her latest book “River City Dead” described as a visit to the San Antonio River Walk. Mischief. Romance. Murder.

Regina K. Galvan-Garcia ’99 BS ’02 MS is the new secretary of the Panhellenic Association of San Antonio. Galvan-Garcia represents Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority and will be representing the San Antonio alumnae chapter and the national office located in Indianapolis, Ind.



Raquel Dieguez ’04 BA published her first book, “Evident is the Shiver” in 2016. The book is considered by the Brazilian publisher to be “a work of rare intensity, which sincerely and delicately exposes some of the deeper issues of our lives.”

Jennifer Gonzalez (Balleza) ’05 BA accepted a position with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts as a Patron Services Manager in February.

Class Notes Summer 2017

Robert Castro

Robert Castro ’09 BS graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry in 2013. He has since returned to San Antonio and purchased a practice on Pleasanton Road between Southcross Blvd. and Military Hwy. near Harlandale High School.





Class Notes Summer 2017

Lorenzo “Chacho” Saldaña and Brance Arnold

Brance Arnold ’10 MA accepted an assistant director of marketing and public relations position at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas in April, after more than five years with UIW’s Office of Communications and Marketing. Arnold and fellow alumnus Lorenzo “Chacho” Saldaña ’05 MA performed as duo Chacho & Brance at Eva’s Heroes’ Baskets and Blankets event held at Brackenridge Park in May; they also appeared on “Great Day SA” on KENS 5 as part of the organization’s promotional efforts to publicize the event. Eva’s Heroes is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual special needs.


Class Notes Summer 2017

Jennifer Breton

Jennifer (Jenny) Breton ’15 BA was selected by her peers as the New Teacher of the Year at Brookline Elementary in Houston, Texas.









Future Cardinals

Armida Aimee Leal ’07 BA ’12 MAA and José Pérez announce the birth of their son. They have two older children, Sophia Amelia, future Cardinal of 2030 and Johnathan, future Cardinal of 2033.

Class Notes Summer 2017

Taylor Atreyu

Lynette De Vaughn-Baker ’12 BBA and her husband, Trevor, welcomed their future Cardinal, Taylor Atreyu, on Dec. 6, 2016. He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 21.5″ long.






Class Notes Summer 2017

Crawford Alexander III and Charlies Alexander

Crawford Higgins II ’13 BA and his wife Jennifer announce the birth of twin boys, born May 6 at 12:21 p.m. at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in McAllen, Texas. Crawford Anthony III was 5 pounds, 5 ounces and his twin brother, Charles Alexander, weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce.







Weddings and Anniversaries  

Class Notes Summer 2017

Felicia Ramos and Jason Treviño

Felicia Ramirez ’10 BBA and Jason Trevino ’11 MBA were engaged on March 18, 2017 and plan to wed in September 2018.

Alyssa Alleyn ’12 BA and Michael Panozzo are engaged. They are planning a spring 2018 wedding in the Texas Hill Country. They plan to move to Seattle, Wash.





Class Notes Summer 2017

Jessica Reyes and Jacob Ramirez

Jacob Ramirez ’14 BS and Jessica Reyes ’12 BA are engaged and are planning to marry in the fall of 2018.







Class Notes Summer 2017

Marisol DeHoyos and Carlos G. Barreto

Carlos G. Barreto ’14 BBA and Marisol De Hoyos ’14 BBA are engaged and are planning a wedding at the end of the year in San Antonio.






Class Notes Summer 2017

Daniel Lee and Kelsee Jordan McVey

Kelsee Jordan McVey ’14 BBA ’14 MBA and Mark Daniel Lee ’15 BBA were married June 1, 2017 in Kyle, Texas. The couple resides in the San Antonio area.






Class Notes Summer 2017

Brittany Angelos and Jonathan Aur

Jonathan Aur ’15 BA and Brittany Angelos ’15 BA ’17 MHA are engaged and plan to be married this summer.






Class Notes Summer 2017

Jon Taylor and Brianna Nuñez

Jon Taylor ’16 BS and Brianna Nunez ’17 BS were engaged in 2016 at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colo. Taylor is an Active Duty Medical Service Corps Officer. Nunez was commissioned as an Active Duty Nurse Corps Officer on May 12, 2017. They are planning a Dec. 2, 2017 wedding at the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.




Class Notes Summer 2017

Alexis Ramirez and Ryan Bibby

Alexis D. Ramirez ’16 MHA ’14 BS and Ryan C. Bibby ’15 BA were engaged on Oct. 31, 2016 and plan to get married on May 5, 2018 in Horseshoe Bay, Texas






In Memoriam

  • Mary Magdalene Anthony “Maggie” Flannery ’44 BS
  • Florencia Zuniga Trevino ’49 BS
  • Sara E. Dyer ’50 BA
  • Ann Marie Moreau Pantuso ’54 BM
  • Sr. Margaret Furey CCVI ’54 ’81 MA
  • Sr. M. Lucilla Donnelly ’56 BA
  • Barbara Schmidtzinsky ’55 BS
  • Sr. Rosa Maria Icaza CCVI ’59
  • Elaine Chang Chin ’66 BA
  • Geraldine A. Wiater ’71 MA
  • Ann Marie Eastwood ’73 BA
  • Latrell Smith Johnson ’86 MEd
  • Margaret L. Davis ’97 MA
  • Joy Deadrick ’11 MA
  • Kathy Hornsby ’11 undeclared
  • Dr. Susan Marie Behrens ’13 OD
  • Betty Stieren Kelso ’12 honorary doctorate, UIW Benefactor


Betty Stieren: A Lasting Legacy

Class Notes Summer 2017

Betty Stieren Kelso

Betty Stieren Kelso, UIW trustee emerita passed away suddenly on March 30, 2017. Betty, along with her husband Lt. Col. Robert (Bob) E. Kelso (Ret.) were longtime friends and supporters of the university. The couple received honorary doctorates from UIW in 2012 and made the single, largest donation toward the Fine Arts Complex in renovation of the art building, now the Kelso Art Center.

Betty served two terms as a member of the board of trustees and served on the Institutional Advancement and Education Committees at UIW. Betty’s mother, Elizabeth Huth Coates, was a graduate of Incarnate Word High School and Incarnate Word College and a lifelong patron of Incarnate Word. The Coates Theatre is named in her honor.